Easy Salsa Recipe

IMG_7746*This post is dedicated to my friend Allison.

This recipe is my go-to for easy entertaining.  It literally takes five minutes to make, and I usually have all of the ingredients on hand.  If someone pops by and I need a quick nibble while we visit, I will whip this up for us.  I have experimented over the years with different recipes until I tweaked and tweaked to get the right texture and taste.  This is the final product.

I dedicated this post to Allison, because she LOVES this salsa.  About a year and a half ago, she showed up at my house with quadruple of all the ingredients and mason jars. She asked if I would make it for all the office staff at work for Christmas presents.  It was a huge hit!

Then, just recently, Allison had knee surgery.  While visiting her, I asked her what I could bring her for dinner.  All she asked for was the SALSA!  THEN, she and her family ran out   so she asked for more.  So like any friend would do for her infirmed amiga, I made more and ran it to them!

IMG_7720These are the ingredients you need on hand.  I WOULD NOT recommend using the “original” Rotel for your first go-around, especially if you are serving to children.  It has a bit of a bite.  If I were you, I would start with “mild.”  Also, another note,  your lime needs to be juicy and large.

Open Rotel can and pour into your blender first.

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Squeeze lime juice into blender.

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Peel garlic and add to blender.  Side note:  If your blender is not heavy-duty, you might want to mince garlic before adding.

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IMG_7726.JPGCut onion into fourths. Add 1/4 to blender.  Like the garlic, you might want to chop onion first.

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IMG_7723Add 1/4 cup cilantro.

IMG_7735.JPGIMG_7727Add 1/4 tsp. salt.

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Add 1 tsp. ground cumin.

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It’s time to get the party started now!  Gradually, turn your blender on high until everything is blended.

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I pour into a clean Mason jar and keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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As far as chips goes, I love these Tostitos Cantina Thin and Crispy chips.

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For a healthier, gluten-free chip, these Hola Nola chips are great! They are fried in coconut oil, and they are made in Louisiana.  My mom turned them onto me when we were down south at her house.  I came home and couldn’t find them anywhere.  Finally, Brookshire’s got them.  And now, Kroger carries them in their Louisiana aisle.

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What I also like about these is you can put the bag directly in the microwave right before serving.  Directions are on the bag. They taste just like you were at a Mexican restaurant!

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Ole’!

Let me know what you think!

Toodle-oo,

Melanie

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